Monday, May 16, 2011

Dorie Greenspan for Dummies

Lately, I have been wondering who this elfin-like Dorie Greenspan is, why she's so skinny despite being a veritable baking goddess, and why everyone is worshiping her these days. Who does she think she is, living in glamorous places like France and New York and tempting us with food like this:

And this:
And heaven help me, this!

Well, I still don't know why she's so skinny, but tonight, I decided to take a stab at her incredibly simple-sounding recipe for No-Bake White Chocolate Pie. One bite, and I declared, "That woman knows what she's doing." The creamy, fluffy pie filling was sweet-tart, with a subtle thin layer of banana and a crunchy (store-bought) Oreo crust. Simple, quick, delicious. It would appear that the cult of Dorie has a new inductee today.

No-Bake White Chocolate Pie
by Dorie Greenspan

4 oz. white chocolate (preferably imported), finely chopped
1/2 lb. cream cheese, at room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup sour cream
1/2 cup heavy cream, chilled
1 banana, thinly sliced
One ready-made graham-cracker crust (9 inches)

1. Warm the chocolate in a bowl set over a pot of lightly simmering water. Remove from heat when only partially melted; stir to melt completely.

2. Beat the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Beat in the chocolate, then the sour cream. Whip the heavy cream until firm; gently fold into chocolate filling.

3. Put the banana slices on the crust, top with the filling, and chill at least 2 hours. If you’d like, sprinkle with grated dark chocolate before serving.


  1. I've been wondering the exact same thing for years now! Why the fuss? I never choose to make things with white chocolate myself, but am married to a lover of white chocolate, so this might be a good place to start getting to know DG.

  2. I spent all Saturday morning with Dorie's new book--the photos alone are worth the price. What I have not done is decide which recipe to try first!


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